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Do Weimaraners Bark a Lot?


Weimaraners as a breed do bark more often than your average dog, but it also depends on the individual dog. Some may bark at the littlest thing, and some may not bark at all.

While experience is invaluable, no two dogs are the same, but I’ll share my experience with our Weimaraner’s barking and delve into why your Weimaraner might bark.

Weimaraner yawning

Nelly’s Barking

Nelly at home

Nelly lives with her family in a house in a small town. There’s usually not much going on around there. She will bark at people she doesn’t know if they pass by the front gate, delivery guy, post workers, etc.

I think that’s a normal behavior with dogs, and it makes her a good guard dog, though I’m not sure how she would deal with a real intruder. She’s typically quick to calm down once the people or vehicles leave.

She used to bark when she was home alone, but that’s less of an issue now as she’s left alone less often. She doesn’t bark at other dogs nor when a dog is barking nearby.

Nelly at her aunt’s

When her family is on vacation, Nelly stays at our apartment. For her, this is a vastly different experience than living in a house in a small town. There are all sorts of comings and goings most of the day.

When she’s sleeping or relaxing in the hall where the front door is located, she can hear other residents outside in the hallway. Whether that’d be running or yelling kids, people talking on the phone, or simply the sound of a shutting door. Those are the instances that she would bark.

She calms down pretty quickly after the commotion has passed. If not, the solution we have is that we take her inside one of the rooms where she can’t hear what’s happening behind the front door.

weimaraner nightvision
Nelly by the front door

We don’t live on ground level, so she can’t see outside. But we do let her out on the balcony, and she does like to watch people and doggos below her. She rarely barks, and I think it’s due to the fact that they’re not in “her territory”.

I think if we lived on the first floor and the pavement was in front, it’d be a different story. As it is, the pavement is separated by grass and not that close to the building itself.

She did bark at my ceiling fan a few times in the past, and once when a neighbor somewhere was drilling something into the wall. That was more of a small bark or a what I like to call, grumpy doggo. That was a new sound for her, so she didn’t know what to think.

Why Do Weimaraners Bark?

Research has found that dogs bark for a variety of reasons, sometimes the cause is not known. If you own or owned a dog in the past, you probably are aware what makes your dog bark, and you can figure out the context which led to your dog barking.

But when you’re a new dog owner, or you have a new dog that barks constantly, you may not know what caused your dog to go nuts. Different dogs (and breeds as well) might have different thresholds in which they start barking.

As you may know, Weimaraners were bred for hunting, and as such, were trained to signal prey. It’s definitely a breed trait, but as I mentioned earlier, no two dogs are the same.

Some Weimaraners might bark their head off for seemingly no reason when young, but they grow out of it eventually.

Even though dogs were domesticated over 20,000 years ago, some of their wolf traits still remain. However, wolves rarely bark, and usually it’s to alert others in the pack, or it’s a territorial bark.

Both of these have stayed with dogs as we know them now, but it’s believed that they have expanded their range due to co-habitation with humans and the need to communicate with us.

Here are a few situations that may cause your dog to bark, which I will write more detail about below:

  • disturbance
  • loneliness, separation anxiety & boredom
  • play
weimaraner and a cat
Nelly and a cat

Disturbance

Disturbance is a very broad term that can encompass various things – from intruders, doorbell ringing, a squirrel, defense, fear, pain and more.

It’s their way of telling you that something changed in their environment. It doesn’t necessarily need to be a bad event – like a burglar, but some Weimaraners might bark at the presence of a squirrel or a bird.

While guarding your house is in most cases a desirable trait, your dog letting you know about a bird is not and can get quite annoying. There are ways you can teach your dog to stop barking, and I addressed a few in this post.

Disturbance barks are usually lower in pitch and last longer. Often, the dog might use a “super bark”, which are barks in rapid succession, which to our ears might sound aggressive.

If your dog is a puppy, they might be going through a puppy fear phase! You can read more about that on the AKC website.

Loneliness, Separation Anxiety & Boredom

It’s a well-known fact that Weimaraners are prone to separation anxiety – if they’re left to their own devices, they might bark, whine, destroy things and just be a general menace to your home (and neighbors).

One research has shown that, if left alone, older dogs start barking later than younger ones. This might be possibly because of the older dogs already used to their owners leaving. The younger dogs are also more active and excitable. Barking as a symptom of separation anxiety is a behavioral stress response to being isolated.

Weimaraner relaxing

Other Occasions

If your dog hasn’t barked much until recently and the onset is sudden, I would look over any changes that might have happened in your life – moving, new pet, deceased pet, etc. If you can’t find anything, you should visit a vet to make sure your dog is healthy.

Some Weimaraners, particularly the younger ones, do like to bark while playing with their favorite humans.


Conclusion

Weimaraners tend to bark more than average but less than other more vocal breeds. Weims are prone to separation anxiety, which may be one of the reasons that your Weim keeps barking.

If you’d like to know why your dog is barking, carefully explore the context and their body language. If you’re not at home, make sure to set up a camera to catch the barking.


References:

  • Yin, S. (2002). A new perspective on barking in dogs (link)
  • Yin, S., & McCowan, B. (2004). Barking in domestic dogs: context specificity and individual identification (link)
  • Pongrácz, P., et al (2010). Barking in family dogs: An ethological approach (link)
  • Pongrácz, P., et al (2017). Should I whine or should I bark? Qualitative and quantitative differences between the vocalizations of dogs with and without separation-related symptoms (link)
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Dana

I’ve always loved dogs, ever since I was a child. Unfortunately, I wasn’t allowed to have one. My sister got a Weimaraner girl, Nelly, and I puppy-sit her often. That’s why I decided to start this blog and share what I’ve learned, about Nelly and the Weimaraner breed in general. Learn more about Dana.


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